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huntdooly

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Posted: 11/08/18 08:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is a coach that we are considering that is painted 60% black. I surmise that it would get really hot in the summers and be difficult to keep cool. We want to do a lot of boondocking, so am concerned about the heat factor.

Are my deductions correct? Or is this not a factor at all?

Thanks for your help in advance!

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Posted: 11/08/18 08:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I deduce my dark gray 2015 Tahoe is much warmer than my goldish colored 2007. No, I wouldn’t buy a black RV...even 60%.


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Yes. Although red, dark colors are about as bad. Black roof is kiss of death.


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Our local PD went to all black squads from all white squads and the biggest complaint is they are HOT despite Air conditioning and some have special hoses hooked to the a.c. that connect to the officers to aid in cooling. So yes anything black will be be hotter. Dark colors attract the sun and hold heat more than lighter colors


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campinginthewoods wrote:

Our local PD went to all black squads from all white squads and the biggest complaint is they are HOT despite Air conditioning and some have special hoses hooked to the a.c. that connect to the officers to aid in cooling. So yes anything black will be be hotter. Dark colors attract the sun and hold heat more than lighter colors


Thank you! I kept saying this, but my friend (who does not own an RV) said that the insulation would negate the effects of the black color.

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They all get hot. At work I'm in coaches of all colors and with everything turned off they all, regardless of color, will get to high 90's in the hot Tucson summer. Some are a little better with dual-pane windows. But the one thing in common is all the roofs are white.


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huntdooly wrote:

campinginthewoods wrote:

Our local PD went to all black squads from all white squads and the biggest complaint is they are HOT despite Air conditioning and some have special hoses hooked to the a.c. that connect to the officers to aid in cooling. So yes anything black will be be hotter. Dark colors attract the sun and hold heat more than lighter colors


Thank you! I kept saying this, but my friend (who does not own an RV) said that the insulation would negate the effects of the black color.


Even worse is a black awning. I would like to meet the Bonehead who came up with those. On our Rockwood if you tried to sit in the shade under the awning, you would roast from the radiant heat coming from the white underside lol. They work really well and look really good when set up inside a building, like a convention center where the RV show is being held.


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Our brown Bay Star has the brown exterior color scheme and it obviously warms up even with the double pane windows and Newmar wall construction. At just a little under 34', you definitely need two ACs when the weather gets up in upper 80's and 90's and the sun is shining! To Newmar's credit, there's no problem keeping the interior cool but if I had a choice, the exterior would have been a much lighter shade such as cream, white, lighter gray with some darker contrasts.


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Posted: 11/09/18 07:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our MH is black with a white roof. It doesn't get any hotter than any other RV we have owned.


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sch911 wrote:

Our MH is black with a white roof. It doesn't get any hotter than any other RV we have owned.


Same here. Our Miramar is 80% black. We live in Florida and 90% of our travels are in Florida. No trouble keeping our 37' Motorhome cool in the Florida summer even with in mid 90s heat.

One of the local Jeep dealers did a test with a white Jeep Wrangler and a black Jeep Wrangler. The temperature during the summer averaged 2 degrees hotter in the black Jeep. I'd say buy whatever color you want.

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